This week Gwyn walks over to the Madison Municipal Building for the Wisconsin Community Media Fall Workshop and Legislative Day. Gwyn was able to catch a few individuals working in community media to talk about their stations and their legislative needs.
*In her remarks, Mary Cardona, Executive Director of Wisconsin Community Media stated there were 30 members. There are 50 members.
Wisconsin Community Media is working on a bill to give Community Media equal access as other TV stations. The bill, called the PEG Bill, would do the following:
1) Require cable access TV channels to be on the basic tier of cable television service. 2) Require video service providers (VSPs) to provide upstream transmission facilities and equipment from local program origination points. 3) Require VSPs to transmit PEG programming to subscribers in the same quality format it is submitted to VSPs. 4) Require VSPs to list PEG channel programming on the Electronic Program Guide. 5) Require VSPs to provide a toll-free telephone number to a technician that can be contacted in the event of a signal problem. 6) Require Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to track complaints and their resolution. 7) Institute penalties for tardy compliance.